Economy & Business

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Noel King

At Flawless Damsels, a women's clothing and accessories store in Baltimore, the month of May is typically so lucrative that owner Taylor Alexander calls it "money making May." So the protests in April were especially gutting. 

"My business was completely vandalized and looted," Alexander said. "I was left with only the paint on the walls. I had no windows, no doors. I had to replace the floors because all of the glass that they broke."

How to use reward points on your credit card

Nov 25, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about how the American consumer is alive but not exuberant; Russia cutting off fuel supplies to Ukraine; and how turning in your credit card points for a quick domestic trip is often a foolish way to treat your rewards points.

Startup creates neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing

Nov 24, 2015
Lesley McClurg

A new Bay Area start-up is trying to make a business out of neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing. You can order homemade dishes online and then pick them up from a neighborhood cook. This week’s menu includes sweet potato biscuits and pumpkin pie.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nov 24, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, November 25, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about how retailers plan to thwart malware that attacks backend security on in-store purchases; Dell's security woes; and more on the dark web from our latest episode of Codebreaker.

Airing on Wednesday, November 25, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Russia cutting off the gas for Ukraine; new FAA rules on drones; and a new startup that lets you purchase food from home chefs.

Emoji nails can soon be yours

Nov 24, 2015
Marketplace staff


That's how many drones the Consumer Technology Association predicts will be purchased this year. It's why the FAA is scrambling to put regulations in place on how the devices should be monitored. There's even more pressure in the coming months, as drones are expected to be a hot holiday gift.


Codebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 3: The Dark Web

Nov 24, 2015
Bruce Johnson and Clare Toeniskoetter

A couple is forced onto the dark web to buy life-saving medicine; Ben buys a drug scale; and a researcher who says the dark web might make the illegal drug trade safer. Listen, decode, and decide: Is the dark web evil?

There are not nearly as many strikes these days versus years ago, but a big one is playing out in Sheboygan. Hundreds of UAW members have been picketing the Kohler Company, while contract talks have stalled. The union reportedly wants Kohler to abandon the two-tier wage system it enacted years ago. Cheryl Maranto says the outcome will be telling, because unions don't wield nearly as much clout as they did years ago.

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Big news this week in commercial space travel. And to tell us all about it, NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel is here. Hey, Geoff.


SHAPIRO: What exactly happened this week?

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